- of or relating to muscle or the muscles: muscular strain.
- dependent on or affected by the muscles: muscular strength.
- having well-developed muscles; brawny.
- vigorously and forcefully expressed, executed, performed, etc., as if by the use of a great deal of muscular power: a muscular response to terrorism.
- broad and energetic, especially with the implication that subtlety and grace are lacking: a muscular style.
- reflected in physical activity and work: a muscular religion.
- Informal. having or showing power; powerful: a muscular vehicle.
Origin of muscular
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Examples from the Web for muscular
What these men do have is a muscular hold on popular disgust with religious extremism.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
October 29, 2014
In the first, we met two muscular young men, almost naked and smeared with a blood-like substance.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights
October 7, 2014
He landed on his hands and feet like some huge, muscular cat.The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11
September 11, 2014
Square-jawed and muscular—in snapshots he looks like Channing Tatum in camo—Gibbs seemed to fit the mold of the ideal soldier.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
Turns out, the drug may help sufferers of a rare and deadly form of muscular dystrophy.Viagra Promising for Muscular Dystrophy Patients
May 9, 2014
He knew the power in her lean, muscular arms, the strength in her narrow shoulders.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
A little, muscular, brown man, with black hair and white teeth.Little Dorrit
He had not touched a muscle or a muscular nerve; what then was the nature of these movements?Self-Help
But Modred was in the pride of youth; muscular and sinewy was the frame of Modred.Imogen
Men, she says, maintain their muscular strength by military service.The Sexual Question
- having well-developed muscles; brawny
- of, relating to, or consisting of muscle
Word Origin and History for muscular
1680s, "pertaining to muscles," from Latin musculus (see muscle (n.)) + -ar. Earlier in same sense was musculous (early 15c.). Meaning "having well-developed muscles" is from 1736. Muscular Christianity (1857) is originally in reference to philosophy of Anglican clergyman and novelist Charles Kingsley (1819-1875). Muscular dystrophy attested from 1886.
- Of, relating to, or consisting of muscle.
- Having or characterized by well-developed muscles.
- A body tissue composed of sheets or bundles of cells that contract to produce movement or increase tension. Muscle cells contain filaments made of the proteins actin and myosin, which lie parallel to each other. When a muscle is signaled to contract, the actin and myosin filaments slide past each other in an overlapping pattern.♦ Skeletal muscle effects voluntary movement and is made up of bundles of elongated cells (muscle fibers), each of which contains many nuclei.♦ Smooth muscle provides the contractile force for the internal organs and is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Smooth muscle cells are spindle-shaped and each contains a single nucleus.♦ Cardiac muscle makes up the muscle of the heart and consists of a meshwork of striated cells.